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Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow. Celebrate winter at PWELC with fun outdoor activities for everyone in the family including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, Scandinavian kicksleds, and fat tire bikes. Indoors, warm up by the fire, learn about some winter hobbies and try your hand at the climbing wall.
No Pre-Registration Necessary
Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2023
Time: 1-4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person, $20 max per family

Earth Day Celebration…Everyone
Open to all
Come CELEBRATE EARTH DAY a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Booths, exhibits, and activities offer information about water quality, energy efficiency, land management, and much more.
Enjoy entertainment, kid activities and information about “greening” your life. Main presentation will be the play Meadow Adventures written by Carol Anne Hough. The performance is made possible thanks to the Southwest MN Arts Council and the Clean Water & Land Legacy Amendment.
No pre-registration necessary.
Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2023
Time: 1-4pm

Challenge Course Programs - Must pre-register for all classes - Call 320-354-5894

Climbing Wall - Rockin' Wenesday! (Team Building Activities & Indoor Climbing Wall) Call ahead to register a group
Are you looking for a fun youth group activity that will help increase confidence, problem solving skills and provide a teambuilding experience? Climbing is an amazing activity for youth that not only builds physical strength but also helps navigate mental challenges both on and off the wall. Experienced staff will provide team building for your group. Great for youth groups, sports teams, scouts, clubs and family outings.  
Date: Wednesdays 
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $175 for groups of 15 or less (Call to inquire about larger groups)

Indoor Rock Climbing
Ages: K – 12th Grade
Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally. Rock climbing is a true adventure sport. Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise, and have fun! Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. The Prairie Woods ELC instructors are here to help every climber reach new heights! Equipment will be provided. Meet at the PWELC Main Building.
*Registration required
Dates: 2023
Tuesday, February 7
Thursday, February 23
Tuesday, March 7
Thursday, March 23

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Cost: $10 per climber for each class

Environmental Education Programs - Must pre-register for all classes - Call 320-354-5894

Snowshoeing…..grades 4 and older
Artic Adventure or at least Prairie Wood’s version.  On snowshoes, you can explore “off the beaten path” and beyond the trails.  Enjoy this magical adventure through quiet woods and hills, while watching for tracks and signs of our animal neighbors. Instruction and all equipment provided. (Meet at main building.)
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 4:00-5:30PM
Cost: $10

Time Travel Programs - Must pre-register for all classes - Call 320-354-5894

Pioneer Winter Survival
Ages: 3rd – 6th Grade
Do you have what it takes to survive a Minnesota winter pioneer style? Come to the 1888 cabin, dress as a pioneer, help saw wood, make candles, learn how to build a fire with flint and steel, try snow shoeing & Scandinavian kicksledding and warm up by the fire with some hot apple cider. (Meet at Farmsite)
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10

Shooting Sports - Must pre-register for all classes - Call 320-354-5894

MN DNR Firearm Safety Field Day for online Course.
This class is the required field day for youth that have completed the MN DNR firearm Safety Online Class.

Youth Shotgun Sporting Clays
Sponsored by Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament.
Ages: 12-18
Did you know that Prairie Woods ELC has a Sporting Clay Shotgun Range? The clays come from the left, right, straight at you, from behind you, there is even one that rolls on the ground. Bring your own (12 or 20ga) shotgun. Program cost greatly reduced due to contribution from the Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament. (Meet at Westby shooting range). Max 5 participants per time slot.

Youth Sporting Clay & .22 Shoot - Sponsored by Pheasants Forever.
Ages: 11-16
This is a great oppourtunity to shoot for the 1st time OR improve your already existing shooting skills. Safe gun handling instruction will be included in this class. Firearms, Shells, and targets will be provided. You may bring your own 12 or 20ga shotgun. Hotdog dinner to follow program (Meet at Westby shooting range)

MDHA FORKHORN I CAMP (Day Camp format)
Camp is open to 11-15 year olds.
This camp is designed to teach beginning hunting skills. It will provide extensive hands-on instruction in basic safety and shooting techniques for rifle, shotgun, and archery. It will also include classes on Whitetail deer ecology, outdoor survival skills, and Hunters ethics along with traditional camp activities like canoeing and rock climbing.MN DNR Firearm Safety Certification included.
Dates: 2023 TBA
Monday - Thursday hours will be 9:00-4:00
Friday 9:00-12:00 (range day)

BIRTHDAY PARTIES....Everyone with a special birthday deserves a special get-together.
Let Prairie Woods help you create great birthday party memories.

Check out our birthday themes:

Indoor Climbing Wall, Archery, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Pioneer Cabin, XC ski, snowshoe, canoeing or ??   Give us a call!

Forget the hassle of cleaning up your house before (and after) the party.   Let us help! 
For a 2 hour event, staff provides 1 1/2 hours of programming with the final 1/2 hour for you to open presents and/or eat.
Costs start at $115 for up to 12 children.

Please call for more details. 320-354-5894